IAWA is run 100% by passionate and dedicated volunteers.

Founder and Executive Director

Meisha Robinson is a marketing, strategy, and business development professional.  In addition to managing IAWA, she is currently the Director of Communications for National Peace Corps Association.  She has managed multi-million dollar brands for Campbell Soup Company and Reckitt Benckiser.   Committed to service, Meisha also served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin, West Africa and in South Africa as a Marketing Manager for Special Olympics South Africa.  She received a Masters of Business Administration in Marketing from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Curriculum Development

Nicholas Kurian is the owner of Kurian Consulting.  As a consultant, Nick has developed multiple professional development programs for public schools and educational materials and curriculums that have been implemented into college and high school classrooms.  Prior to consulting, Nick was a World History Teacher and a College Counselor at the Bronx Aerospace Academy High School.  He also served as a Small Enterprise Development Volunteer in the Peace Corps in Benin, West Africa.  Nick received a Masters of Arts in Economics from Columbia University Teachers College and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Wesleyan University. 

Tyrice McCoy is a dedicated and socially conscious individual, couple, and family therapist. She works with her clients to generate abundance in their lives, and renewal in their minds. As a private practitioner, group facilitator, and presenter, Ms. McCoy systemically works to empower clients in the many stages of life.  Ms. McCoy received her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Rosemont College and her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Morgan State University.

Marketing and Communications

Mi’Lisa Patton is navigating the world of communications and aspires to open her own firm. Mi’Lisa recently worked at Kivvit Public Affairs as a communications associate. She is passionate about empowering women and girls around the world. She has volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club of America, Girl Scouts of America and the Upward Bound Program and founded the Emerging Young Leaders program at a local elementary school in Savannah, Georgia.  She received her Master’s in Strategic Public Relations from The George Washington University and her Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Savannah State University.

Programme Implementation (Youth Facilitators)

Kgosi Rapoo attended TheThe High School.  While at TheThe, Kgosi participated in Special Olympics Get Into It youth club, The Personal Consciousness Leadership programme, debate, and played basketball.  After high school he participated in 13th year.  He studied Accounting at Wits University and desires to return so he can become an Accountant. Kgosi is currently a Jr. NBA Basketball Coach.  He also desires to start poetry and book reading clubs to give youth a platform to voice and share their opinions.  

Itumeleng Rathulwane attended Kutlwanong Special School. While at Kutlwanong, Itumeleng participated in Special Olympics Get Into It youth club and learned masonry.  He is currently a primary Jr. NBA Basketball Coach. 

Katlego "Success" Mooketsi Mekgoe finished his matric at President Mangope Technical High school. He was well known for his humor. He participated in debates and comedy sessions and played basketball. In his matric year, his life changed though when his mother became ill and passed away.  He decided to take a break from his academic studies to take care of his younger sister.  In addition to caring for his sister, Katlego is passionate about Forex trading.  He hopes to return to school to study Marketing or Business Administration. 

Ammelia Moteke matriculated from Bafokeng High School.  She also received a N4 National Certificate in Financial Accounting from Orbit FET College.  She is currently a Sales Representative for Vibehouse Marketing and Communications.  Prior to Vibehouse, Ammelia was an Implementer at the Bafokeng Youth Centre.  

Tshepang Motsepe attended TheThe High School.  While at TheThe, Tshepang participated in Special Olympics Get Into It youth club, The Personal Consciousness Leadership programme, debate, and played basketball.  He aspires to be an electrical engineer and is currently studying at the RBI School of Engineering.